The list of musicians bassist extraordinaire Thundercat has collaborated with is impressively expansive; Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington, just to name a few. But the most unexpected additions to that celebrated roster (and among the more unusual collaborations in the history of music) arrived today with the release of ‘Show You the Way,’ featuring Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.
Maybe questionable on paper, but the crooning dad-rockers fit beautifully into the smooth, sultry groove of ‘Show You the Way’ and there’s an unmitigated joy in hearing Thundercat, in full lounge singer mode, announce them to applause before their verses.
In an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, Thundercat said of the song, “That song to me is about going down the rabbit hole, taking you to another place. It’s me denoting, ‘I can show you how to get to another place.’ On the edge of dark, there’s the brightest light. It means a lot to me in the sense of… the experience that I’ve had growing up with friends and people that I’ve been around where it’s inviting them into where I come from emotionally. Sometimes it’s a pretty intense thing. The point is how weird things can get. I feel like it’s very funny that, in a way, of course Michael McDonald and Kenny would be there.”
The song is the first released from Thundercat’s upcoming fourth album, the mammoth, 23-track ‘Drunk.’ The guest list is, as expected, an embarrassment of riches, including Pharrell and Wiz Khalifa alongside some of the usual suspects, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus (producing) and Kamasi Washington.
Listen to ‘Show You the Way’ now and look for ‘Drunk’ February 24th via Brainfeeder.
01. Rabbot Ho
02. Captain Stupido
03. Uh Uh
04. Bus In These Streets
05. A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
06. Lava Lamp
08. Day & Night
09. Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
10. Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
13. Jameel’s Space Ride
14. Friend Zone
15. Them Changes
16. Where I’m Going
17. Drink Dat (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
19. I Am Crazy
22. The Turn Down (feat. Pharrell)